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Jun 4, 2008 11:24 AM

Atlantic Beach

Going there in October-Any recomendations?

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  1. Do a search for Atlantic Beach, Beaufort and Morehead City and you'll find lots of recs. In Beaufort, Aqua is an excellent small plates style place. Two unique places that serve smrimpburgers, a local specialty, are El's Drive-In in Morehead City and Big Oak Drive-In in Salter Path.

    1. Another vore for El's. If you want more upscale go to Aqua in Beaufort.

      1. Great chef's at Amos Mosquito's and Crab's Claw. Amos is upscale casual, fresh, seasonal fare with cool, sometimes ethnic touches: crab cakes w/ chipotle aioli, lobster smashed potatoes, "scalloped scallops," surf and turf with "homemade Worcestershire". Crab's Claw, http://www.crabsclaw.com/, more casual, steamer pots, ribs but also nice pastas is even more casual, but a bit more. Have known Frank and Clara's in Pine Knoll Shores, a bit down the beach from AB to be solid old-school steaks and seafood, angles on horseback (with oysters) and such, but haven't been for a few years.

        1. I second the recommendations for El's and the Big Oak, although I'm personally not a fan of shrimpburgers. Tried them once to see what people were talking about and didn't see any reason to try them again. Instead, I recommend the barbecue sandwich at the Big Oak and the cheeseburgers at El's. Big Oak's barbecue is particularly good; I don't know if they make it themselves or if they have a supplier, but I prefer it to the products of some of the famous eastern NC barbecue establishments.

          Getting away from the drive-ins, I recommend Beaufort Grocery, Front Street Grill at Stillwater, and Blue Moon Bistro, all of which are in Beaufort. I've had consistently great experiences at all three restaurants. Visited Aqua once and didn't have a particularly good meal. Although I've been to the bar at Amos Mosquito's many times and will go there again, in my one experience eating there, I found the food to be average-- about what you would expect to find in a chain restaurant like Chili's.

          1. Ugh! Terrible edit on my recs. Sorry. Great "chefs" at Amos Mosquito's and Crab's Claw, both of which are in Atlantic Beach. The feel is a little more upscale at Amos, but both places welcome shorts and flip flops despite fairly impressive menus. Have had great meals both places, especially the ribs at Crab's Claw and the crab cakes at Amos. Never had a bad meal at Frank and Clara's when I was going.